Charcoal Drawing Tutorials

Charcoal Drawing Tutorials

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All of the tutorials on this page involve charcoal drawing.  Charcoal is burnt organic material, usually wood.  It comes in many different forms including pencils and sticks.  Softer charcoals are called vine charcoal, while harder varieties are called compressed charcoals.  Most charcoal is black although some manufacturers add white pigment to create white compressed charcoal.  Vine charcoal typically makes lighter marks that are easy to erase, while compressed charcoals make darker marks that are harder to erase. 

Charcoal can be used on many different surfaces.  Charcoal is sometimes used when making a preliminary drawing for an oil painting on canvas or panel.  For finished drawings, charcoal is typically used on textured drawing papers.   

Take a look at the tutorials below to improve your charcoal drawing techniques.

CHARCOAL DRAWING LESSONS

How to draw basic forms with charcoalHow to Draw Basic Forms with Charcoal
Learn how to use highlights and shadows to create the illusion of a light source and basic forms in this tutorial on drawing with charcoal.
Powdered Charcoal - Portrait SketchPowdered Charcoal - Portrait Sketch
Learn how to tone paper with powdered charcoal and draw a portrait sketch with traditonal charcoal.
How to Draw with Charcoal - Skull HeaderCharcoal Drawing Techniques, Skull
Learn charcoal drawing techniques and how to draw a skull in this lesson that features the use of white and black charcoal on gray paper (2 Videos).
Landscape Sketch with Charcoal PencilsHow to Draw with Charcoal Pencils
Take a look at drawing with charcoal pencils in this tutorial that explores a landscape sketch. How to sharpen charcoal pencils is also covered.
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Charcoal Still Life Lesson SeriesCharcoal Still Life Series (5:10:22)
A detailed look at drawing a still life with charcoal. The emphasis of this lesson series is on creating the illusion of texture. (5 videos)
Charcoal Still Life Part 1 (59:20)
Charcoal Still Life Part 2 (1:00:43)
Charcoal Still Life Part 3 (1:00:47)
Charcoal Still Life Part 4 (1:02:44)
Charcoal Still Life Part 5 (1:06:56)
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White Charcoal GlassWhite Charcoal "Glass" - Full Lesson (1:01:58)
White charcoal pencils are used on black paper to create the illusion of glass.  Recorded Live Lesson.
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Charcoal Rendering Still LifeCharcoal Rendering Still Life - Full Lesson (1:03:15)
Use a kneaded eraser to erase out highlights in the creation of a charcoal rendering still life. Recorded Live Lesson.
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Toning Paper with Powdered Charcoal - Full Length Video (1:01:27)
Learn how to tone paper to create a portrait sketch using powdered charcoal in this recorded live lesson.
How to draw a realistic eye with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Eye with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a realistic eye using vine and compressed charcoal on gray drawing paper. (Excerpts from a recorded Live Lesson.
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How to draw a realistic eye with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Eye with Charcoal - Full Length Video (1:03:37)
Watch and learn how to draw a realistic eye using charcoal in this full length video tutorial.
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How to Draw a Realistic Nose with Charcoal - Full Length Video (58:14)
Watch and learn how to draw a realistic nose using charcoal in this full length video tutorial.
How to draw a realistic mouth with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Mouth with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth using vine and compressed charcoal on gray drawing paper.
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How to draw a realistic mouth with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Mouth with Charcoal - Full Length Video (56:00)
Watch and learn how to draw a realistic mouth with black and white charcoal on gray paper in this full length video.
Free drawing lesson-white on blackDraw with White Media on Black Paper
Learn how to draw with white media on black paper in this drawing lesson.
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How to Draw DraperyHow to Draw Drapery with Conte - Full Length Video (59:17)
Learn how to draw cloth or drapery in this recorded live lesson.
White charcoal drawing of an elephantWhite Charcoal Time Lapse of an Elephant
Time lapse of a white charcoal drawing of an elephant.
White charcoal drawing of an elephantWhite Charcoal on Black Paper - Full Length Video (59:10)
Learn how to draw with white charcoal on black paper in this full length video.
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White Charcoal on Black PaperChiaroscuro - Full Length Video (59:10)
Create dramatic light with white charcoal in this recorded live lesson.
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The Secrets to Drawing Basic Drawing TechniquesThe Secrets to Drawing- Basic Drawing Techniques
Learn various drawing techniques including those used in charcoal drawing.
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The Secrets to Drawing CharcoalThe Secrets to Drawing- Charcoal
Learn the basics of drawing with various forms of charcoal.
Sketch with China Drawing LessonSketch Cleanly with a China Marker
See how it easy it is to sketch cleanly with a china marker in this drawing lesson
Conte Landscape DrawingConté Landscape Drawing
Landscape Drawing demonstration using black and white conté - excerpts from a live lesson.
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Conte Landscape DrawingConté Landscape Drawing - Full Length Video (56:54)
Watch and learn how to draw a landscape using conte in this full length video demonstration.
Highlight Rendering Drawing lessonHighlight Rendering
Learn how to use the eraser to create a drawing in this free drawing lesson video.
How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a rose with charcoal by using the eraser to erase out highlights.
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How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal - Full Length Video (59:25)
Watch and learn how to draw using mostly the eraser to create a rendering of a rose in this full length video demonstration.
how-to-draw-water-calm-wavesHow to Draw Water- Calm Waves
Learn how to draw water with calm waves in this free video demonstration.
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